More than 1 in 5 CSU students is First Generation

A CSU First Generation student is one whose parents have not completed a bachelor's degree.

We know that celebrating First Generation students isn’t enough. The mission of the First Generation University Initiative is to help them succeed.

When our First Generation students succeed We Succeed


For some First Generation students, attending and graduating from CSU is more than the standard achievement. It's a chance for a better life.

It's higher lifetime earnings

It's lower unemployment

It's a landmark moment in their story

We’re committed to First Generation students, providing them with support and guidance that address their unique needs.